Book Review – Ride The Whirlwind by Jackie North

Love Across Time #4
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 300
Characters: Maxton/Trent
POV: 3rd
Genre: Historical, Time Travel, Series

Soulmates across time. Two hearts, stronger together.

In present day, Maxton is good at finding trouble and bad at everything else.

In 1892, Trent Harrington, sheriff of Trinidad, Colorado, lives a respectable but lonely life, devoid of any closeness.

Trying to escape a past that keeps chasing him, Maxton drives south to avoid getting arrested. When his car spins off the road, he is swept up in a desert whirlwind and finds himself in the year 1892. Lost and alone, unused to the laws of the wild west, Maxton gets arrested anyway.

Trent is tasked with escorting Maxton to Trinidad. The request isn’t unusual, but the miscreant is. Maxton draws Trent’s heart out of its shell with his flashing green eyes and lush head of hair. It isn’t right. It isn’t natural. It’s illegal. Yet Trent cannot resist the impetuous young man.

As the two men travel through the vast, empty desert to their destination, will they find in each other the love and companionship they never thought they’d have?

A male/male time travel romance, complete with the scent of desert roses, brilliantly colored sunsets, starlit nights, bitter campfire coffee, growing honesty and trust, and true love across time.

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I loved this latest story in this series. Maxton is a very different person to his friends Laurie and Zach, yet despite his brash exterior, he is extremely likeable underneath. His back story explains a lot of why he is the way he is. He and Trent, who has his own demons, fit together well and provide the strength the other needs. Maxton comes across as tragically broken, and unable to move past his defense mechanisms. I loved Trent immediately. It’s obvious he really cares about people, and I felt for him trying to ignore his nature, yet so desperately lonely.

The details in the setting in this story—like the others in the series—is fabulous, and gives an authenticity to the situation in which Maxton finds himself. I liked that the time travel was handled a little differently this time, with the whirlwind being a very real threat.

I also loved the references to events in other stories in the series, and I was very happy to see those characters again. I enjoyed seeing them more settled in their relationships, and the dynamics in the friendship between Maxton, Laurie, and Zach. John is fabulous in this story, especially in the way he talks to Maxton, is upfront and straightforward, yet firm, and very protective of Laurie. It reminded me of why I loved him so much in Honey from the Lion.

And of course I was delighted to see Tam again, and still stealing the scenes she’s in.

The ending made me very happy, although I do hope we haven’t seen the last of these guys. I’d love to ‘drop in’ on them again at some point just to see how they’re getting on.

I’d recommend this story to readers who enjoy time travel stories with a realistic historical setting, fish out of water scenarios, and wonderfully complex characters. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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